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Harry and Meghan Letter ‘Race Hate Crime’ —Terror Police

Scotland Yard has said a package containing a mysterious substance, addressed to Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle, was harmless. But counter-terrorism officers are treating a letter which accompanied the package as a racist hate crime, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The package was sent to St James’s Palace on Monday (19 February) and police later confirmed the substance it contained was non-suspicious. “Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package, and it is being treated as a racist hate crime,” the police statement said. The London Evening Standard reported that the package had been addressed to Harry and Markle, his fiancee and former Suits actress who he is to marry in May. A spokeswoman for the prince, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, said they had no comment on the reports. In a rebuke from his office to the media in 2016 over intrusion into his then-girlfriend’s private life, Harry referred to the racism that had been directed at Markle, whose father is white and mother is …

Police Rule Out Terror after Car Mounts Pavement Near Natural History Museum

Scotland Yard has finally ruled out a terror motive after a car collided with pedestrians injuring 11 outside the Natural History Museum declaring it a road traffic collision. A statement read: “Police were called at 1421 hours on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a road traffic collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Emergency Service attended the scene. “Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a car mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians. Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. “The man detained by officers is currently under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident. Enquiries are ongoing.” Police had earlier said they were keeping an open mind after the incident, but created more confusion after contradicting an earlier comment that they were not treating the crash as terrorism-related. A …

Parsons Green Tube Blast: Two Held Over Terror Attack as Searches Continue

Counter-terrorism detectives arrested a second man over the bombing of a London Underground train on Friday (15 September) that injured 30 people and the security services lowered the threat level for an attack from its highest setting. The 21-year-old man was detained under Britain’s terrorism laws in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday, Scotland Yard said in a statement. Police had earlier arrested an 18-year-old male in the departure lounge of Dover port in what they called a “significant” step and raided a property in Sunbury-on-Thames, a town near London and about four miles (six km) from Hounslow. The home-made bomb shot flames through a packed carriage at Parsons Green Tube station in southwest London during the Friday morning rush hour but apparently failed to detonate fully. Islamic State claimed responsibility, as it has for other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and one at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in May. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Sunday the second arrest showed …